CEO & Founder, Verifeed
Melinda inspires conscious entrepreneurship and authentic connection to our true purpose in life. She believes magic happens at the intersection of personal and business growth, and that entrepreneurship is the solution to the most intractable challenges in our world. Serial entrepreneur and Founder and CEO of her fourth company, the predictive ‘social intelligence’ company Verifeed, Melinda has innovated powerful social media engagement technology called Return on Authenticity™. She’s developing a “social media ‘Alexa’ in your pocket” using mobile AI to enable you to find your true customer tribe and personalize your social conversations at scale. Also an award-winning journalist, host and content creator (BBC TV, ABC News, CNBC, Times of London), Melinda is writing a book about female entrepreneurship and now hosts a daily podcast for women in business, Wings of Inspired Business: Soar to ‘SuperShero’ Success. Her “moonshot” is to invest in 100 female-founded and run companies – and to BE the change she wants to see in the world by helping women worldwide to empower each other. On her daily Wings of Inspired Business Podcast, she masterminds with successful women entrepreneurs who share their secrets, success tips, and ‘fail forward’ epiphanies. Lively, raw and motivating, the podcast mission is to help manifest confidence, connections and capital, step into their authentic feminine power and realize success in life and in business. With Verifeed and all projects, Melinda serves and collaborates with mission-driven innovators, thought leaders, and “evolved enterprise” companies that want to do well … by doing good. Melinda is a single mom with two amazing kids Sydney and Finn, and her beloved golden retriever Josie. She lives an “all in” life of endless curiosity – from her inner exploration of mindfulness, meditation and yoga to her world travels and “Maverick mayhem” with her tribe of awesome entrepreneurs.
What else? Well…
• Interviewing Steve Jobs as a young financial reporter on The Times of London, the Apple founder told Melinda she “asked the best questions”.
• “You’re disruptive”, her grandmother told the 5-year-old Melinda after she went door-to-door to get neighbors to pre-pay for her “show”.
• Competing with her team in a Maverick “Amazing Race” around Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island, Melinda took a giant leap to the finishing line (a hot tub) and splashed ungracefully right next to the Virgin founder.
• She lead 60+ McGill students in an impromptu occupation of the administration building to get divestment from Apartheid South Africa on the Board of Governors agenda – and McGill was the first North American college to divest.